Subject: Re: radeon driver design (was Re: generic virtual consoles)
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From: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
Date: 12/28/2005 19:09:13
> I think it'd be simpler to copy existing art.
I'm not so sure.
> We aren't the only OS which has to worry about graphics performance.
> Windows and MacOS X have to have addressed this problem already, and
> from looking at the performance of games on either platform, they
> have done it well.
...there is nothing to say they have done it cleanly, elegantly, or
extensibly, all three of which I would hope would be true of any
solution NetBSD adopts along these lines.
Even if they have, certainly Windows and probably OSX[%] do not
publicize the ways they have solved these problems, so the "existing
art" is not really available for inspection.
[%] Darwin is open-source, but Aqua - the snazzy graphics layer -
isn't. I don't know how much the underlying Darwin drivers could
tell us; it might be worth looking, but I don't expect anything
terribly useful. For all I know there are no Darwin drivers
involved, with the graphics drivers being considered part of Aqua
and dynamically loaded a la our LKMs....
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